We know that doctors think very little of the mental patients they treat. We are well aware of the low expectations we get from the medical profession. However, fellow patients and even ex-patients also have low expectations of fellow patients.
If a fellow patient gets a book published, the automatic response in the patient community is to assume it’s not a very good book. If a fellow patient gets a job, the assumption is that the patient will be fired or that it won’t last long. Patients typically do not empower each other except for tokenism. Patients will even dissuade other patients from getting ahead in life.
I think this is because the mental health system injects low self-esteem into its subjects. Patients do not expect success. Patients expect failure, failure by themselves and by fellow patients.
We need to end this fallacy because it is holding us back. It is holding many from leaving the system and succeeding outside the system.
We really need to help each other out more, instead of knocking each other down. If your fellow patient gets a job, instead of saying, “Oh it’ll tire you out too much,” how about real positive support? Sadly, that’s not happening. The System’s lesson of low self-esteem permeates deeply into people’s souls and seems to stay there.